Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Birthday Week Giveaways!


We’re celebrating the ninth birthday of our sister company in the UK in style, with a week of crafty heaven, running from Monday 20th to Monday 27th October!

We’ve put together fabulous offers, FREE Continental US shipping and DOUBLE Loyalty Points on all orders throughout the week plus you'll get a FREE gift with every order over $25! These offers are only available while stocks last, so grab yours now! Click here to view all Birthday Week offers!

Some of our Design Team members are joining in on the fun too, with a chance for you to win this adorable Bebunni Celebration stamp set (pictured in the cards above). Click the links below to visit their blogs for a chance to win!


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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Birthday Week!


We’re celebrating the ninth birthday of our sister company in the UK in style, with a week of crafty heaven, running from Monday 20th to Monday 27th October!

We’ve put together fabulous offers, FREE Continental US shipping and DOUBLE Loyalty Points on all orders throughout the week plus you'll get a FREE gift with every order over $25!


Whether you like embossing and die-cutting or are an avid stamper and colorist, there’s something for everyone this Birthday Week. These offers are only available while stocks last, so grab yours now! Click here to view all Birthday Week offers!

And don't miss our FREE downloadable papers and embellishments (used on the card above, along with the free Bebunni stamp you'll get with every order over the value of $100)! Use them to play along in this month's Buttons & Bows challenge for a chance to win a $30 gift certificate. Enter here: http://a.pgtb.me/2Pp5qb

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Please Welcome... Melissa Cash!

We are thrilled to welcome Melissa Cash to our International Inspiration Design Team!


Here's a little something Melissa put together using the new Moonbeam Meadow Collection.  The stamp set is called Time Out and she beautifully colored the image with the Spectrum Noir Markers listed below.




Spectrum Noir markers: BGR1, BT1, BT9, CG2, DG2, DG4, DR1, DR5, EB1, EB2, EB3, GB4, GB7, GB8, GB9, IB1,LY1

We're looking forward to sharing Melissa's fabulous projects with you!


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Tutorial: Lady Liberty Stencil

Today we have another tutorial from Kendra with the new Sheena Douglass stencils! She's used the Liberty stencil along with the eBrush System & Spectrum Noir markers.



Supplies:


Directions:

Step 1: Tape the stencil to the cardstock using the EZ Release Tape so everything stays in place while using the eBrush System. This tape is great for masking or holding things in place because it is very easy to remove and doesn't ruin your cardstock.


Step 2: Loaded LG2 Spectrum Noir marker in the eBrush System and put the machine on the medium air brush setting and spray the entire area. (If you don't have an eBrush System, you can also use an ink pad and sponge to apply the color.)


Step 3: Using the LG4 in the eBrush, spray on the light setting over the entire area.


Step 4: Using the LG5 Spectrum Noir marker, spray on the medium setting on the left edges of the robe of Lady Liberty.



Step 5: Carefully remove the stencil, keeping one side taped down & see how the image looks.  If you need to apply more ink, replace the stencil and continue with the eBrush.

Step 6: Apply clouds with Memento Summer Sky ink, a sponge and a hand cut cloud stencil.

Step 7: Add a sentiment from the Sheena Douglass Free as a Bird stamp set & Memento Ink in Tuxedo Black.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Stencil Tutorial: Masking and Selective Coloring

We have a new tutorial to share using the Sheena Douglass stencils and the new eBrush! For this card, Kendra used parts of the stencil by masking the image and also moved the stencil around a bit to just use a portion of the image. 


Crafter's Companion US Supplies:




Directions:


Step 1: Create the lovely sunset background with a piece of water color paper and several Spectrum Noir Gold-Brown (GB) markers. Starting with the darkest one (GB9),  use the chisel tip and simply color a few strokes across the width of the paper.  

Step 2: Add the GB8 marker and overlap the GB9, then color above that a little bit more. 

Step 3: Continue with the GB7 marker and then add GB6, GB4, GB3, GB2, GB1 (in that order). 

Step 4:  Use the GB1 marker and go over the entire colored area.  

Step 5: For the bottom area, DG1, DG2, DG3, DG4 were added and finished with a blender pen to bleach it out a bit.


Step 6: Use the new Sheena Douglass "Deer" Stencil and EZ Release Tape to mask off everything on the stencil except the large tree on the right edge.  


Step 7: To add color, put the EB8 Spectrum Noir marker in the eBrush System and spray color over the background to add a tree to the right side of the card front. 


Step 8: Flip over the stencil and add a tree to the left side.


Step 9: Use the EZ Release Tape to mask everything on the stencil except the deer laying down. Use the same EB8 Spectrum Noir Marker and eBrush to once again apply color.


Step 10: Carefully remove the stencil and add a sentiment to complete the card front.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Tutorial: Sheena Stencils with Dreamweaver Embossing Paste

We're really excited about this week's fantastic launch of Sheena Douglass stamps and stencils! And to make things even more fun, we're adding the complete line of Dreamweaver Stencils embossing pastes and accessories!

Chrissie created a great tutorial to share how she used her new embossing paste (and tinted it with Spectrum Noir markers) to create this fun card:


Supplies:

Coming Wednesday, October 15th: Sheena Douglass 'Big Apple' stencil; Dreamweaver Stencils White Embossing Paste, palette knife, paste spreader 

Other Crafter's Companion US supplies:

Directions:


Step 1: Adhere your stencil and card base using a low tack tape (I've used washi tape here). This is to prevent movement of the stencil or cardstock.


Step 2: Tint the white embossing paste by first scribbling a bit of ink (IG7) on craft mat (or other surface such as an acrylic block).


Step 3: Using a palette knife mix paste into the wet ink.


Step 4: Load the now-gray paste onto the paste spreader with the palette knife, then apply to the stencil. To create an ombre effect, add a bit of white also.


Step 5: Slowly peel stencil away and wash immediately in warm water. Place a second stencil down on top of still-wet paste. Press gently!


Step 6: Follow the same process outlined above to add white paste to the cardstock.


Step 7: Add embossing powder to the wet paste.


Step 8: Dry the paste and powder with a heat gun, which will make the powder bubble a bit but for this card, that was the desired effect. Alternatively you could let it all air dry.

Color the stamped image with IG7, LG3, LG4, IG4.


Step 9: Once dry, add Distress Inks as desired (here, Vintage Photo, Pumice Stone, Mustard Seed).


Step 10: Add in sprays for shimmer and shine (here, Fireworks Spray in Desert Sand and Sheer Shimmer Spritz in Gold).


Step 11: Heat emboss a sentiment and cut into banner, then place on card.

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